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    11-14-2011, 02:57 PM
  #21
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Haha corporal I missed your last post :) he has already proven to be a different type of escape artist lol my twh will break a wooden fence or wire mesh and if low enough jump it. This new guy though oh no he has to have dignity when breaking out lol he figured out the gate latch.

My mom just called me and said "your new horse got out by the gate. Did you lock it".. hmm I locked it and I tied a lead around it.. the little bugger figured it out... I am going to have to step this game up. Haha so the troubles begin :)

And I will look into some of the bits you suggested I want to keep somesort of snaffle for him. But we will see. Hopefully he would like a hackamore in the future ;)
     
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    11-14-2011, 03:00 PM
  #22
Foal
My arab, in her younger, healthier days could figure out how to unlock both the gate on our property to let her and my gelding out. At first I thought someone kept forgetting to latch the gates and we would find them on our neighbors property eating grass...until I saw her do it. Smarty. I had to latch them much more securely. She always seemed to know what I wanted her to do under saddle before I asked her.
She needed an arab tree on her saddle, and not too heavy padding under. She always learned things SO much faster than my gelding...and became very cuddly as she has grown older.
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    11-14-2011, 03:04 PM
  #23
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Wyldblu - I am already figuring that out. He is very smart.. hopefully cuddly too :)
     
    11-14-2011, 03:07 PM
  #24
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Goodness, where did all of you get your arabians? I want one!

I was so excited when we got our arabian, Xcia for our lesson program. She was five at the time, and was described to us as a 'gentle soul, willing to take it slow and easy for timid riders, and a very comfortable walk and trot.' She had good conformation, her PPE checked out, and her price was fair- so we had her shipped to us.

When I tacked her up for the first time after her arrival; I was expecting this soft, easy going but nice, alert horse. Imagine my suprise that I practically had to knock her over just to get her to wake up and walk! The 'gentle soul, willing to take it slow and easy' should of been 'half-dead, eating machine that refuses to go faster than a jog' ;) It took all of the experience and skill that I had to get that mare to look alive; and even more to train her not to walk around like a giraffe!

She's definitely smart though. Especially about getting out of working and robbing little kids of their food!

Turns out, she's a nice beginners horse because she isn't going to do anything for you unless you ask for it correctly, and she is NOT going to be bullied by rough handling, so the kids have to learn to be firm but gentle. A lot of parents are nervouse about having their kids ride a 7 year old arabian because they've heard that arabians are extremely spooky and hot, with more energy than a nuclear bomb; but after one lesson their minds are put to rest. She's not going anywhere. haha.

Just goes to show you that you can't all of the animals under one breed to be the same! They come in all shapes, sizes, intelligence levels, and personalities.





As a side note- OP; Xcia rides in a rubber jointed snaffle for lessons, but when one of the more experienced riders are taking her out, or she's being schooled- she is generally put in a 2" broken curb. It really just depends on how soft your hands are, and how responsive your horse is.
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    11-14-2011, 03:14 PM
  #25
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Ill keep that in mind. I have m y trainer coming out to work with both of us this weekend so I will ask her as well. :)

Thank you everyone :)
     
    11-14-2011, 03:48 PM
  #26
Weanling
Arabs are just like any other horse. That can be a little more forward, and can be a little spookier. They an use any bit, as long as they like it, you'll have to experiment. My Arab needs an Arab saddle, but sometime anything will fit, get a saddle fitter if you are unsure. Gait wise they tend to be floaty and sometimes very up and down.
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    11-14-2011, 03:51 PM
  #27
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Thanks monty77. I will be having the fitter out as soon as we have some ground work in place. I am still waiting for the vet and farrier visits. :)
     
    11-14-2011, 05:48 PM
  #28
Yearling
Did you happen to get papers with him? Or just a registered name or number? And we would LOVE photos!! :)
     
    11-14-2011, 05:50 PM
  #29
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No registration. The only papers I got with him from the auction house were the vet paper and coggins and both are for a different horse. So I am having my vet come out. And I am in the process of finding out if he is registered or not. I don't even know his name... :/ kinda makes things difficult.... lol
     
    11-14-2011, 05:51 PM
  #30
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I have photos of him in the horse picture section.
     

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